Before I get into this review, let me fangirl a little bit about Tammara Webber. First, she wrote Easy, which was one of the very first New Adult books when people started deciding that New Adult was a genre, and it was awesome. Then, she wrote her Between the Lines series, which is about young movie stars. The first one is sweet, and the second one makes you mad but it’s also romantic, and the third one is totally unexpected and wonderful, and then the fourth one kills you. Dead. (Happily dead.) This author knows how to make you feel all the feels, and her characters are all very smart and funny, and if you haven’t read any of her books then you’re so lucky because you’ve just added six books to your TBR pile!
Moving on. Easy was the story of Jacqueline, a college girl who got dumped by her boyfriend and then was almost raped at a frat party. It was the story of her finding strength to stand up for herself both emotionally and physically. And there was also a hot guy with tattoos helping her.
Breakable is the story of that hot guy. Landon faced tragedy at age 13, and his life was instantly split in two before and after. He doesn’t know how to change his life for the better, especially when his father has checked out. He becomes a slacker/bad boy because it’s the path of least resistance, and his teen years are filled with drunken beach parties, one-night stands, and fights. Oh, your heart will break when you see him, underage, getting tattoos to make his skin his again.
Because most people reading this book have already read Easy, they already know the romance of Landon (who changes his name to Lucas) and Jacqueline. Even though I love this author, I was still hesitant about reading the same story told from a different perspective. How silly of me! The book alternates between the perspective of Landon, growing up, and Lucas, a college senior who can’t help staring at a girl in his economics class. I didn’t re-read Easy before reading Breakable because I wanted it to feel like a different book, and I got swept up in the longing and romance and heartbreak all over again.
It’s important to note that rape culture is a big theme in this book. When Lucas saves Jacqueline from being attacked, he wants to take her to the police.
Shaking her head, she told me she just wanted to go home. My brain ticked off a hundred reasons why I should argue with her, but I’d been on campus long enough to know how it would go. The frat would close ranks around him. Someone would swear she went willingly. She was a woman scorned, trying to hurt her ex’s frat. She was a liar, a tease, a slut. Administration wouldn’t want it to leave campus. He hadn’t succeeded, so it would be he-said-she-said. Slap on the wrist for him. Social exile for her. [Page 60]
Lucas is kind of a one-man crusader, rescuing women (yes, more than one) from attackers, unleashing his rage at idiots who would toss around the R-word as a casual threat, and teaching Jacqueline self-defense moves. He’s one of the most evolved heroes I’ve seen, and he would be considered too perfect if we weren’t shown how his background shaped him. Smart trick, Ms. Webber.
This book can absolutely be read as a standalone, you just might feel that Jacqueline’s character isn’t fleshed out as much as you’d like. This is Lucas’s story, and you’ll swoon all over him.
*ARC Provided by Berkley
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by Tammara Webber
Release Date: May 6, 2014